The South/press: Cheeky TM

"Texans," as F. Scott Fitzgerald would have said, "are different from you and me." Yes, they have Texas Monthly. Theirs is the only state in the South with a slick, thick and entertainingly cheeky magazine to tell residents what sets them apart from other Americans —and what does not.

Since it was launched in 1973 by Reporter-turned-Lawyer Michael R. Levy, 30, Texas Monthly has taken on just about every sacred steer in the Lone Star State: college football, the Miss Texas Pageant, oil barons, the Texas Rangers, Dallas banks. TM's exposure of a backwoods speed trap near San Antonio that collected fines...

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